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I usually use the boxing metaphor for writing, but I've been thinking it's more like a relationship. Plus Six Wakes and Bookburners both launched! Then I talk to my fellow Bookburners authors, Margaret Dunlap, Max Gladstone, and Brian Francis Slattery.
Back and rambling and OMG I am writing the SOLO novelization!
First feedback of the year, lots of neat things happening, and we talk covers and memoirs and outlining!
I got some News. I wish I could tell, but I can't even share with you, my lovely supporters. But the news has made my brain and schedule all higgledy piggeldy. So I talk about that. ISBW is sponsored by Serial Box! Yes, my publisher for Bookburners, one of my favorite projects I've worked on in the past few years! Get a discount on a whole season of content with the code WRITING18. HEY- did you know I'm offering transcriptions of both ISBW and Ditch Diggers? They will go up as soon as I get them for Patreon supporters, and a bit later for everyone else. It's only at the $1 level, and you're helping me offer a more accessible show, so pledge now! Current Writing Project: LIMBY (code name), a standalone SF book. Currently reading: Miranda in Milan (ARC) by Katharine Duckett (follow me on Goodreads if you like, I'm usually reading a bunch of stuff at once.) Last movie seen: Star Wars: The Last Jedi  
Is Writing Daily a Necessity? A new article has writer Twitter in a froth. It turns out that someone wrote a clickbait article about how if you aren't writing daily, then you might as well quit. This is so, so, so wrong. Did I write daily for a while? Yes. Do I recommend the Magic Spreadsheet for others who want to write daily? Yes. Did it help me and others? Yes. But telling you that you MUST write daily because I did is like saying that since I ran a marathon, everyone must run a marathon else they have no chance of being an athlete. So I get into that more in this episode. Then I talk to Robyn Bennis, author of the debut novel The Guns Above! (Note, the interview has some NSFW words but I reversed them, so there's no swearing but there are a few backward words. But I do have a new tool coming to make bleeping words easier!) Also, don't miss the latest Ditch Diggers regarding parenting and a writing career!
Should you write what scares you? Should you experiment with taboos? Wordcount at end of day: 13,336 Words left to write: 36,664 My NaNoWriMo Page Theme music by John Anealio
You're going to hit walls during writing, and I'll be giving you ways around, or through, those walls throughout the month. Advice 1- when in doubt, throw in a flashback. Wordcount at end of day: 8,335 Words left to write: 41,665 My NaNoWriMo Page Theme music by John Anealio
Changing gears can do wonders for your brain. If you're on a tough scene, then write something else. Wordcount at end of day: 16,670 Words left to write: 33,330 My NaNoWriMo Page Theme music by John Anealio
Why is it OK to suck? Specifically, why does stinky writing matter?
Question from Twitter! How do you write characters without ripping off some other medium? Wordcount at end of day: 1,667 Words left to write: 48,333 My NaNoWriMo Page Theme music by John Anealio
I'm coming out of depression land and straight into the crazy that is August that is travel and WorldCon. So here is the podcast for the week of July 24, and the podcast for the week of August 7 is already queued.  (Only I say it's for August 14 because calendars are hard) Books mentioned: Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun
I credit one of the things that is making me consistent lately to taking ADHD meds for the first time. Yay, mental health! Been feeling invisible lately. Not too bad, but it's strange. I can't go into details, but dang, it's not a good feeling. I started a new book! Alasdair Stuart code named it SPACE MEAT DINER for me. I probably will not submit the book under this title. Current wordcount (including proposal parts) 7706. Main Topic: Conflicts! Characters work best with an internal conflict to make fighting the external conflict harder. Internal conflicts include: phobias (India Jones and snakes), flaws (Hamlet's hubris), or basic human weaknesses (inability to address your own needs, like unrequited love). Internal conflicts will shape how the character deals with the external conflicts you put in their story. We will see you in two weeks for a feedback show. Next week I will have a new Ditch Diggers for you!
Should you find a publisher before the book is done? Should you worry about your pen name before you find an agent? What order should things be done in, anyway?  Brought to you by Serial Box, the "HBO for ebooks." Get a discount on a whole season of content with the code WRITER18.
April 14, 2020 -- Copyright 2020, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com
I go through feedback questions and give a little bit of breaking news!   April 7, 2020 -- Copyright 2020, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com
The things I learn about creativity from watching cooking shows! April 15, 2020 -- Copyright 2020, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com
I shouldn't compare myself to other creators. But I do. John Krasinski's Good News   April 6, 2020 -- Copyright 2020, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com
I talk about creative stoppages and what I'm getting out of the Artists Way/Finding Water journey.  April 13, 2020 -- Copyright 2020, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com
It's ok to want to be the little spoon these days. March 31, 2020 -- Copyright 2020, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com
Worry about your well-being and not so much the comparison to freaking WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. March 20, 2020 -- Copyright 2020, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com
Evolve or die! Or something less aggressive.   Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com
Not sure which we're talking about, so I talk about both! Copyright 2019, Mur Lafferty -- BY-NC-SA 3.5 License -- murverse.com
I have been struggling inside my own head lately, but am trying to get back.
When your supporting characters' response to personally tragic things in their life is "how will this affect this other person?" then you have a problem. Are you a WorldCon member? Don't forget to vote for the Hugos, AND remember you have the power to go to the business meeting! ISBW is sponsored by Serial Box! Yes, my publisher for Bookburners, one of my favorite projects I've worked on in the past few years! Get a discount on a whole season of content with the code WRITING18.
The virus is scary but so is pacing.    OK. Not as scary. Still. The show is about writing. So let's talk about it. 
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Started
Oct 25th, 2013
Latest Episode
Mar 28th, 2020
Release Period
Daily
No. of Episodes
209
Avg. Episode Length
20 minutes
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